Head of Public Service decries failure to exploit huge resources in Marsabit to generate wealth,
Head of Public Service decries failure to exploit huge resources in Marsabit to generate wealth
Mr. Felix Koskei, the Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service, has criticized the failure to take advantage of the resources that are abundant in Marsabit County and have the potential to create riches and improve the lives of the surrounding communities.
At the same time, Koskei reassured county people that the government will continue to launch development initiatives focused on their welfare and urged nearby villages to live in peace with one another.
The Head of the Public Service said that the area was endowed with vast resources that, if tapped, might create jobs and generate income when he spoke at Kari during a two-day tour of Loiyangalani SubCounty in Laisamis Constituency to assess service needs of the inhabitants.
Koskei stated the existence of significant potential in tourism, minerals, fisheries, livestock rearing and trade that, if explored, might improve lives in response to demands from citizens and leaders, including area MP Mr. Joseph Elkton and Deputy governor Mr. Solomon Gobo.
He reminded everyone that this could only happen if the environment was favourable for investment, and he urged community elders and leaders to foster harmony and trust within their communities.
Koskei subsequently issued a challenge to the local government to establish strategies that would maximize the use of the available resources in order to raise the standard of living for the populace.
That would only be feasible, he continued, if local governments supported education and instructed County Commissioner Mr. Norbert Komora to make sure that all school-age children, regardless of gender, were enrolled in school.
All children should have access to education without exception as a basic and legal right, he added. “I would like the County Commissioner to ensure that relevant agents as well as parents and guardians perform their roles as expected,” he said.
Koskei stated that the government would explore building school boarding facilities in Kargi Ward while upgrading the Hula-Hula Loiyangalani Road to bitumen quality, acknowledging that there is much work that has to be done in almost all areas.
The Head of the Public Service stated that the government is increasing the relief food rations in response to the protracted drought that has caused the majority of families to be food insecure. This will help to ensure that no one goes hungry.